Eleutherococcus senticosus is a plant that has been used to improve general health and wellbeing. The root has been used to ease feelings of stress, improve athletic performance, and reduce high blood pressure. It has also been used to ease cold-like symptoms. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. It can also be injected into the bloodstream by a healthcare provider.


400 milligrams once daily

What Research Shows

May Be Effective

May Not Be Effective

Not Enough Data to Assess

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Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

It is likely safe for most adults to take Eleutherococcus senticosus in small doses for a short time, but may cause rash when taken with other medicine. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse such as:

  • People with depression should talk to their doctors before taking Eleutherococcus senticosus. It may interact with their medicine.
  • People with heart conditions or high blood pressure should talk to their doctors before taking Eleutherococcus. It may cause irregular heartbeat and increase blood pressure. H1, H2


REFA Atopic Dermatitis

REFA1 Shapira MY, Raphaelovich Y, et al. Treatment of atopic dermatitis with herbal combination of Eleutherococcus, Achillea millefolium, and Lamium album has no advantage over placebo: a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005 Apr;52(4):691-693.

REFB Bipolar Disorder

REFB1 Weng S, Tang J, et al. Comparison of the Addition of Siberian Ginseng (Acanthopanax senticosus) Versus Fluoxetine to Lithium for the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents: A Randomized, Double-Blind Trial. Curr Ther Res Clin Exp. 2007 Jul;68(4):280-290.

REFC Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

REFC1 Hartz AJ, Bentler S, et al. Randomized controlled trial of Siberian ginseng for chronic fatigue. Psychol Med. 2004 Jan;34(1):51-61.

REFD Hangover

REFD1 Bang JS, Chung YH, et al. Clinical effect of a polysaccharide-rich extract of Acanthopanax senticosus on alcohol hangover. Pharmazie. 2015 Apr;70(4):269-273.

REFE Health-Related Quality of Life in Older Adults

REFE1 Cicero AF, Derosa G, et al. Effects of Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus maxim.) on elderly quality of life: a randomized clinical trial. Arch Gerontol Geriatr Suppl. 2004;(9):69-73.

REFF Herpes

REFF1 Tyler, V. Immuno-Protection Against herpes simplex type II infection by Eleutherococcus root extract. International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 1995;9.

REFG Mediterranean Fever

REFG1 Amaryan G, Astvatsatryan V, et al. Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, pilot clinical trial of ImmunoGuard--a standardized fixed combination of Andrographis paniculata Nees, with Eleutherococcus senticosus Maxim, Schizandra chinensis Bail. and Glycyrrhiza glabra L. extracts in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever. Phytomedicine. 2003 May;10(4):271-285.

REFH Safety

REFH1 Izzo AA, Di Carlo G, et al. Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and herbal medicines: the risk of drug interaction. Int J Cardiol. 2005 Jan;98(1):1-14.

REFH2 Rasmussen CB, Glisson JK, et al. Dietary supplements and hypertension: potential benefits and precautions. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Jul;14(7):467-471.

REFI Stress Management

REFI1 Schaffler K, Wolf OT, et al. No benefit adding eleutherococcus senticosus to stress management training in stress-related fatigue/weakness, impaired work or concentration, a randomized controlled study. Pharmacopsychiatry. 2013 Jul;46(5):181-190.

REFJ Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

REFJ1 Narimanian M, Badalyan M, et al. Randomized trial of a fixed combination (KanJang) of herbal extracts containing Adhatoda vasica, Echinacea purpurea and Eleutherococcus senticosus in patients with upper respiratory tract infections. Phytomedicine. 2005 Aug;12(8):539-547.

REFJ2 Barth A, Hovhannisyan A, et al. Antitussive effect of a fixed combination of Justicia adhatoda, Echinacea purpurea and Eleutherococcus senticosus extracts in patients with acute upper respiratory tract infection: A comparative, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Phytomedicine. 2015 Dec 1;22(13):1195-1200.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 07/2019
  • Update Date: 05/06/2020